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As Asia’s population approaches four billion, or more than half of the world’s population, the continent presents startling contrasts of wealth and poverty. While its governments range from the autocratic to the democratic, Asia has the potential for exponential economic growth and significant advances in science, health and technology. But the cost of development must take social justice and environmental values into account. In Asia the U.S. encounters ancient cultures and values from which it could learn much, as well as markets and trade opportunities that could benefit both Asia and the U.S. At the same time, robust Asian economies are potential competitors that could challenge the U.S.’s economic dominance in the world. With the U.S., Europe and giants such as China and India competing for critical natural resources, the globalized economy will demand political considerations – and concessions – of the U.S.

The Office for Global Concerns depends on the experience of Maryknoll missioners in Asia, who are deeply involved in many aspects of their hosts’ lives – religious, social, political and economic. Maryknoll personnel act as partners in diverse apostolates – in parish ministry, health work and education. Missioners work with persons with HIV/AIDS and with special needs. They support those living on the margins – the displaced, refugees, foreign workers – as they seek to promote peace, social justice and the integrity of creation.

NewsNotes articles on Asia

See also:

Cambodia: What is “justice” for 1.7 million dead?

India: What about Mumbai’s “one-star” victims?

Burma: Post-cyclone perspective of an archbishop

Philippines: Support efforts to protect housing for urban poor

Thailand: Stop the forced repatriation of Hmong asylum seekers to Laos

“Let the Stones Cry Out,” a report from the National Council of Churches in the Philippines, documenting human rights violations in that country. (PDF format)


Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific

Amnesty International on China

Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples

Asian Human Rights Commission


Burma Issues

BurmaNet News

China Labour Bulletin

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network

Holy Spirit Study Centre (Hong Kong)

Hong Kong Justice and Peace Commission

Human Rights in China


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